55 Chilling Photos From Creepy Hollywood Moments

By Sophia Maddox | May 8, 2023

JoBeth Williams annoyed by an uninvited guest at the pool party in "Poltergeist" (1982)

We've got something for every ghoul and boy in this assortment of 60 of the most bone-chilling images from pop culture, sure to whip you into a spooky frenzy -- click on, if you dare. Proceed with caution -- you don't want to be the first dude who goes out to investigate the ruckus in the barn, but you don't want to be the Final Girl either, if you know what we mean. Ready, set -- boo.

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In 1982, the word "poltergeist" wasn't one most English speakers were familiar with -- then the movie Poltergeist hit theaters, and suddenly everyone knew about these troublesome spirits. Poltergeist is a German word that translates to "noisy ghost," and the evil forces that torment the Freeling family in this film start out as annoying. Then a tree grabs one of the kids and the other is sucked through a portal and into the TV. OK, we're dealing with something a little more serious here. Given all the chaos, the revelation that the house was built on a cemetery is not all that surprising -- but JoBeth Williams is certainly shocked when she ends up bobbing in her swimming pool with dead bodies.

Twinning, but not the fun kind, at the Overlook Hotel


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The creepy Grady daughters in The Shining (1980) play on our natural fascination with, and even fear of, twins. Do twins communicate telepathically? When one twin cuts a finger, does the other one feel pain? That sort of stuff. But here's an interesting detail -- it's clearly stated in the movie that the Grady girls were 8 and 10 years old when they died. They were played by twin actresses, Lisa and Louise Burns, but they weren't twins. The Shining is one of the most over-analyzed films ever made, and the twins-who-aren't-twins have sent the over-analyzers on all sorts of tangents. You wonder whether director Stanley Kubrick pulled this sort of thing intentionally, just to mess with the obsessives.